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The Bodhisattvacharyavatara as a Handbook for Engaging in the Bodhisattva Path: An Introduction to Buddha Dharma in General and the Bodhisattva Path in Particular. By Venerable Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen Vice President of Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple

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The Bodhisattvacharyavatara as a Handbook for Engaging in the Bodhisattva Path: An Introduction to Buddha Dharma in General and the Bodhisattva Path in Particular

By Venerable Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen

Vice President of Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple

Seat of His Holiness Sakya Trizin in the United States


Summary of Buddhist Scripture:The Tripitaka – Three Baskets


Types of Dharma

  • Theravada

  • Mahayana

    • Parimitayana causal path (path of the perfections)

    • Vajrayana – result path (Buddhist tantra)


Two Types of Parimitayana Dharma


Focus of this Paper

  • Bodhisattvacharyavatara (Engaging in the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas)

    • Root Text

    • Written by Shantideva (Indian master)

  • A Commentary on Shantideva’s Engaging in the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas Known as An Extremely Clear Illumination of the Meaning of the Text

    • Commentary

    • Written by Sazang Mati Panchen (Tibetan Master)


Sections of Bodhisattvacharyavatara

1. How to engage in the composition at the beginning of the text

2. The nature of the text which is the object of engagement

  • Having the motivation, how to enter the Dharma

  • Having entered the Dharma, how to practice it.

    3. Accomplishment of the activities that were engaged in.


  • TYPE VERSES 1.4 and 1.5


Having entered the Dharma, how to practice it:

  • How to develop excellent enlightenment thought as the motivation

    • Demonstration of the benefit of developing enlightenment thought, and

    • How to take that beneficial vow.

  • How to practice the six perfections as the application.


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